It has been pretty quiet on the globalization front. I saw today that Don Boudreaux released his new book on globalization, and I thought to myself -- wow, that was a charged issue a few years ago, what happened to it? I was in Seattle for the riots and it was a big deal. Well, in part, I guess the feistiness of the anti-globalization types may have gone down because they are winning -- protectionism is advancing today on many fronts when for a while we had it against the ropes. In large part this is because the US has virtually abandoned its leadership role on free trade.
However, there is another reason we don't hear much from the anti-globalization folks: Because they have all joined the global warming movement, deciding that the environmental packaging is a better way to sell socialism and protectionism:
The Social Democrats are calling for sanctions on energy-intensive U.S.
export products if the Bush administration continues to obstruct
international agreements on climate protection, the party's leading
environmental expert said Tuesday.
The move, after the United
Nations climate conference last week in Bali, Indonesia, has won strong
support from the Greens and other leftist groupings in the European
Parliament. Those factions will renew their bid to impose such levies
when the Parliament reconvenes next month.